During the second week of the Overwatch League, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Dallas Fuel player ZachaREEE. We discussed his personal life, the mark he wanted to leave on the league and his thoughts on his place in this meta.
Q: You’re one of the youngest players on the team, you’re one of the youngest players in the league. You’re still in high school, doing your classes online. How would you describe yourself now that you’re in the overwatch league?
Zach: It’s a bit stressful as I have a lot of time management, I’m still in high school. We have our practice schedule, then I go back to my apartment and do homework. You have to keep up with social media, it’s really stressful, but it’s really enjoyable. Because it’s what I’ve been working towards for the past two years since they teased Overwatch League being a thing. Back then I wanted just go in and do it, but they told me I was too young. So I had to keep playing for two years and get in. It’s really satisfying, but not easy.
Q: You’ve been playing overwatch esports since the start, obviously with Contenders, now able to get into the League. Is the transition smooth or has it been a bit tough?
Zach: I’m used to playing with all the players in the league, so it’s nothing crazy for me. It’s just a different kind of play style, teams adapt faster, and it’s best for a one dimensional [type] of play, unlike contenders. Specifically, Stage 1 on control maps, we saw on Nepal, we’ll see teams walk out see the other teams comp and swap. You can tell all the teams, all the players are smart, everyone knows what they’re doing. It’s just something you’ve got to keep up with.
Q: It’s been a long time coming to get into Overwatch League, now that you’re here, what’s the mark you want to leave?
Zach: I just want to consistently show up and just prove people, well not prove people wrong. I don’t take any offense to anyone’s negative comments, but I just want to do better than everyone.
Q: Feel any pressure from wanting to be number 1? Pressure to perform?
Zach: I don’t feel that much pressure to perform because at the base its a team game. Not super individual right now. My focus right now is to be cool, calm and able to read the situations. I don’t feel an immense pressure to pop off or anything, cause it’s a different type of meta. But if it [were] a more dive centric meta or DPS centric meta, I’d feel a bit more pressure to pop off. But it usually doesn’t get to me when I’m in that situation.
Q: Now that we’re in this meta, you’re obviously on Brigette a lot. Do you feel like you’re restricted to play that one character? Is there more that you could show off on? Or are you comfortable in that role?
Zach: Well I mean I’d like to show off on other stuff and flex on people with my hero pool with my star power potential. But right now Brig is extremely strong, and GOATS is extremely strong with the three-three meta. So right now I’m just playing Brig because she is a necessary piece of the puzzle for the comp, so I’m kind of playing with her, I feel very comfortable with her. But I’d want to flex on others.
Q: How do you feel that now that you’ve overcome the trash talk, especially thrown at you guys by Carpe? Do you have anything to say back?
Zach: Personally, I wasn’t really into the trash talk. It was more of a personal thing about me, I was on Fusion Uni, and I wanted to be on the main team. In practice back when I was doing Uni versus Fusion. I just really wanted to show that we’re a good team.
Q: Now that you’re on Dallas though, does it feel like a good fit for you?
Zach: I think I fit really nice into the team.
Q: How do you think Dallas is going to perform this Season?
Zach: I’m not positive, because [the] meta changes, but as long as everyone stays cool, calm and motivated; I think we’ll definitely have a good play-off run.